UK’s online child abuse monitor to tackle peer-to-peer networks

The UK’s key internet monitoring service is to begin investigating illegal child abuse material on restricted parts of the internet that it does not have access to.The Internet Watch Foundation does not at the moment pursue images and videos on so-called peer-to-peer networks because it lacks permission from the Home Office. But it was announced on Monday that the watchdog would begin a six-month pilot scheme in collaboration with Google, Microsoft and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (Ceop), so that IWF can develop procedures to identify and blacklist links to child abuse material on P2P services. see:IWF welcomes progress in the fight against online child sexual abuse content [news release]
Today (18 November 2013) the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) attended a summit hosted by the Prime Minister Opens in New Window to discuss the fight against online child sexual abuse content.We welcome today’s announcements and all the steps taken by the online industry over the summer to more effectively combat online child sexual abuse images and videos.IWF CEO, Susie Hargreaves said: “The IWF is a charity with a big mission to eliminate online child sexual abuse content. Only through working with many partners can we achieve this.”With the support and encouragement from the Government, the IWF and our Members have made progress in leaps and bounds this summer which will have a practical and tangible impact.”Over the past few months we have observed an unprecedented amount of truly positive and constructive action from Google, Microsoft and the broader industry. These measures will have a significant impact on our ability to tackle child abuse imagery online.”Everything that Google, Microsoft and wider industry is doing hones in on our core mission of eliminating online child sexual abuse content. It also support and supplements our new way of identifying these images and videos.”From April, our team of analysts will be proactively seeking child sexual abuse content using their accrued experience and intelligence. This is a new and exciting way for us to be more effective at our core mission.”To meet this need, we are more than doubling our analyst team and the recruitment of these staff members is well underway. The IWF is also relocating to larger offices to really future-proof our efforts.”The IWF will also take part in a pilot project with the Home Office, Google, Microsoft and CEOP. We will be working in partnership to identify pathways to illegal material being shared via torrent feeds and subsequently remove access via the two market leaders in search.”The job is far from done but it is safe to say we will reflect on this year as one of massive change. Both the IWF and our members have embraced this and I’m eager to see what this will do for the fight to remove some of the worst images and videos online.”

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